Essential Free Tour Santiago

2-2.5 Hours
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2-2.5 Hours

Essential Free Tour Santiago

  • Walk through the colorful Paseo Bandera to feel the vibrant atmosphere of the Chilean capital.
  • Learn how historical events at La Moneda Palace changed the destiny of the country in one day.
  • Enjoy one of the best city views right from Santa Lucia Hill, a now extinct volcano!
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Where does the tour start?
You will receive the full meeting point details and a map after you finalize your booking, in a confirmation email.
Do I have to book my Free Tour?
Yes, it's necessary to book your Free Tour in order to receive the full meeting point details via email on time. This helps ensure an enjoyable experience and good coordination between guides and tour guests. Booking is free, quick, and easy!
Can I contact my guide?
Yes, you will be able to message your guide with any questions that you might have after making a reservation, up until the start of the tour.
Can I make a booking for a larger group?
Maybe! In order to keep the group sizes manageable, each guide sets their own limit of guests per booking and departure. Choose the Free Tour you want to book, select the number of people in your group, and see if there are any departures available that suit your needs.
Are Free Tours really Free?
Yes, with Free Tours, there's no set price; instead, the guides rely on the tips of participants to sustain their livelihoods. By contributing a fair amount that reflects the value you receive from the tour, you not only support the guides but also express your appreciation for their expertise and dedication.

Latest reviews

Carlos was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. Great tour of the city!
We had a wonderful time on the tour. Diego was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and he easily answered all our questions. We learned so much about the history and culture of the city! Diego also had great food and experience recommendations. Would highly recommend to anyone new to Santiago!
Very dynamic and instructive. Nice city, fun tour! Thank you!
The essential Santiago tour with Carlos was exactly what I love in a walking tour : extremely informative and extremely funny. Carlos packed the tour with so many interesting facts about the history of the city and gave us an awesome list of his favourite places in the city. I truly loved everything about this tour!
David was a phenomenal & thoughtful tour guide!
Carlos was a brilliant guide - extremely knowledgeable and also with a sense of humor. We enjoyed our tour very much
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Come and join the most entertaining Essential Free Tour of Santiago! You’ll discover Chile’s capital through its contrasts and its stories, and find out why one of the most southern capitals in the world has become a magnet for thousands of immigrants from all over who enrich it with flavor and color. Find out about the influence of natural disasters in its architecture. Laugh with its people’s wit and be amazed by their legends. In this walk around Santiago’s historical center your group will visit the oldest buildings and streets, and hear tales of diversity, colonization and an ever-present indigenous past. Contemplate the city from the hill where it originated, Santa Lucia, and hear the account of how it all began.

Be amazed by the Church of San Agustin, almost as old as the city itself, and discover the European influence during colonial times. During the stroll, the group will walk through the central Plaza de Armas and enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe of Santiago in Paseo Bandera and Lastarria Quarter too. Go into narrow alleyways full of all sorts of shops set up by immigrants with entrepreneurial spirit, and find out where you can have the best ‘sopaipilla’ and ‘empanada’. Learn about the Cafés con Piernas, the most bizarre business model in South America which is unique to Santiago. Hear all the anecdotes that have made locals famous for their bravery, but also for their capacity to enjoy life.

Looking at La Moneda Palace, you will learn about the military coup of 1973, one of the most controversial times in Chilean recent history, and hear both sides of the story. Your local guide will also let you know about the old trades of the city which survive in modern day Santiago, such as: boot cleaners, cobblers, knife sharpeners or leather sewers. And you will discover old Chilean traditions such as having a “jote”, eating a “pollito al velador” or what it means to be “guachaca”. On the Essential Free Tour of Santiago, you will see incredible historical landmarks that have made Santiago one of the most diverse and exciting cities on the continent. Come and discover the hidden jewel of South America!

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